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R-P community continues to support our school leaders


Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person to deal with our aging facilities. Within a month, the flood hit. Although not fully submerged in water, the school DID suffer damage. Mr. Ehler worked diligently to clean up the school and going through the proper channels to ensure that repairs and clean-up were funded appropriately.

Over the next few years, Mr. Ehler continued to address the issues of aging facilities. He knew that the community was still healing financially from the flood, so he and the school board worked within our budget to tend to deferred maintenance and code issues. Knowing that the facilities issues were not going away, Mr. Ehler and other community leaders worked with state and local officials until finally, the Debt Equalization bill came to fruition. What a gift this was. A community task force, made up of anyone who wanted to volunteer, recommended building a new pre-K-12 school. The Debt Equalization funds made this a very DIFFERENT proposition than the two previously failed school referendums. The NEW proposition was presented to the voters in November of 2014 and PASSED.

Once this plan was approved by the voters, bonds were sold, and the community received another gift. The interest rate was much lower than previously projected, reducing the total cost of the project by over $7 million, which equated to tax payer savings. We recap all this history to emphasize the importance of where we are today.

The R-P Concerned Citizens Group is attempting to throw these gifts away. They maintain that the 2007 flood damages reported and paid for by FEMA were overstated, and that the accounting between damages reported and funding received is not accurate. After numerous audits, and this group being told several times by state officials that their claims were unfounded, they continue with unsubstantiated accusations and threatened lawsuits. An article, published as recently as December 11, 2015, in the Rochester Post Bulletin entitled, “R-P Didn’t Inflate Flood Damage to School” calls out the R-P Concerned Citizens Group for believing R-P inflated flood damages. After stating both sides, this article ultimately quotes a FEMA official who states, “FEMA agrees with Mr. Ehler”. So, after al .....
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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The R-P levy referendum: a fairy tale

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Kim Machutt of Rushford, Minn. Once upon a time, in a land not too far away, there was a homeowner named Rush Peters. Rush owned an older home that had fallen into a state of disrepair, but was still functional. Rush was faced with a choice to ..... 
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Make your vote count

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Linda Hovland of Rushford, Minn. When I was on the facilities committee, Chuck told us that our school district could not financially support any more than $24,000,000. The architect said, at the last informational meeting in Peterson, that ..... 
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Fifty-five percent is assumed, not guaranteed.

Sun, Oct 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues of Rushford, Minn. As we all know, a vote is coming soon to decide the fate of the ill-advised new school. There has been a lot of information, and disinformation, going around. One piece of disinformation I myself have written abo ..... 
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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark

By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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